Thursday, November 26, 2015

How persuasive is the quality of your Christian witness? - Daily Reflections November 26,2015

In today’s First Reading, the king issued a decree banning praying or asking petitions to God under pain of death in the lion’s den. They are to direct petitions only to the king who considers himself a divinity. Men spied Daniel praying to God in his chamber and was brought to the presence of the king. The king considered Daniel a friend and did all he can to spare Daniel of the penalty. But the malicious and jealous spies challenged the king that a royal order was irrevocable. Bound by legal obligations, the king was forced to send Daniel to the lion’s den. Daniel prayed to God and was delivered from the lion’s attack “because he trusted God” (Daniel 6:24) even in the midst of clear and present danger.
       Converted, the king ordered the men who accused Daniel to be thrown into the lion’s den along with their wives and children. As an aftermath, he issued a decree lifting his ban on praying to God and ordered that “in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel: ‘For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions’” (verses 26-28).
       Rarely are unbelievers converted because they have witnessed, i.e., seen God. They are converted most of the time because they have seen witnesses to God. King Darius did not witness a direct revelation from God. What brought him to the true God of Israel was the witness of Daniel. When Mother Teresa was asked how she managed to convert great numbers of people in India, she simply said, “We just live with them and that takes care of the rest.”
       Are you living with unbelievers? Do not pray that they witness a direct revelation from God. Pray that you may become a witness to God and that will take care of the rest. Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTION: How persuasive is the quality of your Christian witness?
Let me be salt of the earth and light of the world, O Lord. Amen.

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